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2761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green lantern: First Flight on: July 29, 2009, 03:26:51 PM
I liked it a lot.  I never really understood Green Lantern's powers - like why he would create a bazooka to shoot down stuff sometimes.  Can the ring make explosive material?  Sometimes it seems to create complex machines - like the saw to cut off the finger, but other times it only seems to be bigger melee weapons (various clubs, bats, etc.)  In one baffeling scene he used it to create a handsfree headset to make a phone call!  So it can create complex electronics? 

Despite that though it is a pretty great flick.  The story is strong, the acting is good, and the scenes are fun to watch. 
2762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 27, 2009, 04:53:30 PM
We got a babysitter to go see this and it was almost worth it.  Of course this is why we hardly ever get a babysitter.  Not much is worth the cost.  Anyway the movie was actually quite good and I really enjoyed it. 

my only problem is the same one I had with the book
Spoiler for Hiden:
who cares that Snape is "the half blood prince"?  It never is the least important again as far as I can remember.  Yes the book was important for Harry to get into Slughorn's club but one would expect something really neat in the revelation.  Instead it just a toss aside thing.
2763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince impression on: July 27, 2009, 04:47:10 PM
Well if you would have went it wouldn't have come in 2nd!  It is all your fault.
2764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Crimson Gem Saga on: July 27, 2009, 12:54:28 PM
That is true most of the time with Atlus games but don't shut them out completely.  Read reviews and ask here.  Some of the games they publish are great and not that hard.  I finished Riviera on the DS years ago and it wasn't hard at all.  From what I have read the Persona games are not impossibly difficult nor is Devil Survior for the DS (which is on my list to play). 

They certainly tend towards hard games but each game is different so don't rule any good game out just because it has the Atlus logo. 
2765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: July 24, 2009, 01:05:21 PM
Those are the juciest people I have ever seen!  Every single hit produces a loud squishing sound, and flying blood! 

2766  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One, Two, Rorschach's coming for you (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) on: July 23, 2009, 08:42:10 PM
I don't think it lacks for original ideas.  I think it is a business and finally realized that they make more money doing re-boots/sequels/etc. than they do with original ideas.  The original ideas are there, they just don't make the $$$ so they get made much less frequently and have smaller budgets.  

That isn't Hollywoods fault.  It is ours.
2767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Whiteout on: July 23, 2009, 08:21:57 PM
why is she assigned to the Arctic where she has to wear a heavy coat rather than say Maui where she can actually show us the best parts of her skills in a bikini? 
2768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 21, 2009, 01:09:55 PM
I picked it up even though I have no time to play it.  With Altus releases it just better sometimes to grab it when it is available.  Heck I haven't unwrapped it so I may just sell it in a few months when it is actually worth more than I paid. smile
2769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion on: July 21, 2009, 02:16:16 AM
Here are a couple more shots for io9.

I will say what I said on gamerswithjobs

I hate him. I will watch and maybe his acting or the stories or something will help but I hate him. Why the heck did they hire some Robert Smith impersonater to be the Doctor!? It even looks like he has red lipstick on - maybe because he is as pale as a teenage goth wann-be. Have I mentioned I hate him? I hoped when I saw the first shots of him after he was cast that they would be reworking his ugly hair style, anemic skin ton, and general ugliness but apparently that is the look they want. I know the Doctor is not a fashion model, in fact many of them are kind of ugly but come on!
2770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 17, 2009, 07:50:12 PM
That sucks, but isn't uncommon.  Most DS games it seems don't allow you to shut off music but leave on other effects.  Maybe it is how sound works on the DS, who knows.  I can always turn off the volume which I do most of the time.  Thanks for looking.
2771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ds] shin megami tensei: devil survivor impressions on: July 17, 2009, 05:21:04 PM
I am interested after checking out this tread and watching some videos.  One big question though - can I turn off the music?  It is so annoying I want to jam a pencil to stop the suffering.  I can turn off the sound altogether but I do like the sound effects in games usually. 
2772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valkyria Chronicles 2 to be on the PSP! [updated with in game footage!] on: July 15, 2009, 03:27:11 PM
Great news for those of us without a PS3. I loved the game but it wasn't worth keeping the whole system for it.

2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSP) Crimson Gem Saga on: July 15, 2009, 03:04:38 PM
Good review.  Ultimately I started to dislike the game due to the fact that in every single battle one character would get poisoned - and poison did a ton of damage - which meant frequent trips to town but I agree with most of the review.  Maybe it was that the characters were that interesting to me so I didn't really care. 
2774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 15, 2009, 01:30:43 PM
Famitsu loves it though!  Gave it a perfect score.
2775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 07:33:55 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on July 14, 2009, 05:48:42 PM

Not specific to rittchard's situation, when someone finally triumphs over a long-term struggle, shoving "I was smart enough to avoid your problem in the first place!" in their face strikes me as a dickish move. [citation not needed]

That was so much better than what I said.   I retract my comment and want to use that one instead. smile
2776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 04:34:15 PM
Nope all from articles read in actual print media.  So it probably isn't true.  They are known liars and just make stuff up.

2777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How I Finally Beat my Credit Card Debt on: July 14, 2009, 03:27:54 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 14, 2009, 12:17:17 PM

I buy stuff only when I have the cash for it.  That's how I beat credit card debt.

Since most credit card debt and most bankrupcies in the US are from medical bills I find your statement really lame.

"Oh! I broke my leg.  Well I can't afford to pay cash right now so I will just ignore it!" 

or in my case "Your newborn son is in critical condition!" "Oh could you tell me how much that will end up costing so I can see if I have enough cash?"

2778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: M$ to offer Office 2010 Online....For free! on: July 14, 2009, 03:19:26 PM

Quote from: The Grue on July 14, 2009, 02:22:49 PM

I'm still trying to figure out how you use these free online productivity apps when you are on a plane with no Internet access or somewhere similar.  I guess I am not the intended audience as my company would buy the real version that I could travel around with.

Those situations are becoming more and more rare.  Heck even on some flights you can get Internet if you pay.  Cloud computing is a bit forward looking - to a time when the Internet is available everywhere.
2779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: July 13, 2009, 03:43:32 PM
Well the Amazon reviews in Japan are not favorable!

5 stars (67 stars)
4 stars (57)
3 stars (70)
2 stars (86)
1 star (223)
2780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA What's worth 800 points? on: July 10, 2009, 08:26:05 PM
I got an answer!  Monkey Island: Special Edition!
2781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Square Enix game countdown on: July 10, 2009, 01:50:17 PM
You sure do run around a lot...
2782  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: July 09, 2009, 04:09:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 09, 2009, 01:12:38 AM

3 new videos showing gameplay.

I am not impressed with these videos.  1. where is the HUD?  2. How do I choose abilities/spells to use? 3. Is it pausable at all?  It looked more like some action game like Dynasty Warriors or a smashem up like The Warriors. 

2783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: game of the (1/2) year on: July 08, 2009, 06:19:58 PM
A quick check of Gamerankings about Rise of the Argonauts shows that maybe you should wait. 
2784  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Monkey Island on: July 07, 2009, 06:14:43 PM
This comes out next week!  July 15th it seems.   I will be buying day one!
2785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP2 in development,as powerful as XBOX1 on: July 07, 2009, 01:00:12 PM
And it will only cost as much as the Xbox did at launch!  Really it is a bargain!
2786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: July 06, 2009, 07:06:52 PM
There will be a copy available at Gamefly soon, because I am done.  It is a pretty fun game but some of the flaws keep me from wanting to pick it up to play.  I think the health thing is dumb, the alchemy is dull, and the dungeon layouts are awful.  It has moments of a lot of fun but eventually I just got a bit bored.
2787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / MOVED: Lucasarts announcement Monday on: July 06, 2009, 06:09:54 PM
This topic has been moved to PC Gaming.
2788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 24, 2009, 03:24:12 PM
I have played about 10 hours now and I have a major love/hate relationship with this game.  In many ways it is just bad design.  Menus are hard to go through, you have to constantly go in and out, the item creation while certainly complex is actually pretty simple and not very exciting.  I have gotten far, far better stuff from random drops.  It is just plain stupid to charge 100g to heal HP and MP.  I just have my caster cast heal until they are out of spells, rest for free to get back MP, then have them cast again, repeat.  So I never pay to heal HP no one would - so why make it cost something?  It is just dumb.  And while the game is hard at first now at level 3 it is a breeze.  I don't know if I simply made a team with really high agility or what but I almost never get hit.  So I just hold down X for battles.  It is kind of dull.

Yet there is something that keeps me playing.  I like the exploration aspect a lot.  I also love the art style.  And there is something fun about collecting crap. 

All in all I don't know why I keep playing but I really can't seem to stop.  It is addictive...but like cheetos or popcorn I feel sort of unsatisfied afterwards. 
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect or Bioshock - Father's Day Clearance Buy on: June 19, 2009, 08:31:48 PM
I never could finish Mass Effect.  I hated the combat.  It was bad so I turned down the difficulty but then it just got boring with many fights ending almost before I saw the enemy (teammates were good shots though).  I did finish Bioshock though and thought it was one of the most atmospheric games I have ever played.  It does run out of steam at the end but it is so cool for 95% of the game that I overlooked the cheesy ending.
2790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: June 17, 2009, 08:00:23 PM
I have the recommended spec - a 360!  smile 

I am not in love with the new theme of they seem to be taking.  The web site with the spattered blood, the head sliding down a spear as the transition graphic, etc.  However it is Bioware and they have been a company worth trusting.  I will wait until a few reviews come up but I bet I end up buying it.
2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 05:32:49 PM
Apparently you can play the system at the sword icons by saving right before you touch them and seeing what you get.  If you don't like it load the game and try again.  But that doesn't feel like roll playing to me so I haven't done it. 
2792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 03:03:36 PM
Your just a sadist so you like it. smile

It is not that it is confusing.  It is that it is tedious to the point of not being fun (for me).  I played for hours before I finally got the part needed to make a slingshot.  I would love to make a sword but I have never gotten a worn sword.  In fact after hours of playing the part of the slingshot was the first item I got which would be used to make another item.  I got lots of twine, string, etc. but none of the "base" items.  It is random but it is annoying that I could fill up my item bag and not get anything I could make into something! 

I don't mind item creation but they could have streamlined the system a lot.  You should be able to see recipes and your items at the same time, so you don't have to remember what is needed for X item then go back to your list.  It is not intuitive at all.

2793  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 17, 2009, 01:19:24 PM
Yeah alchemy blows.  I have played for several hours and not gotten anything which could be made into something.  I actually had so much stuff my item bag got full!  So I had to sell a bunch of stuff (I know I could put in a locker but come on how many pieces of thread do I really need to horde?)  I finally got a broken sling shot (or whatever it is called) but no other piece (wood chip?) so I had to buy that, then I discovered you had to have a slingshot stone (but only one).  All in all it cost me 100 or so pieces of gold which is cheaper than a new one at the store but it was a terrible system to fight through.  I also find it almost beyond stupid that you have to buy a stone for it, and an arrow for the bow - but only one.  Why not just increase the price of the bow and call it bow&arrow?  If I only have to buy one then it isn't realistic, but at the same time it isn't simple.  That is just dumb.  All in all I think I will just sell everything unless it is obviously rare and not bother to much with alchemy. 
2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest IX on the DS?(confirmed) on: June 16, 2009, 09:23:25 PM
I would love for this to make a Christmas release here in the US but I am betting next year.
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 03:56:16 PM

Quote from: Eightball on June 16, 2009, 03:44:07 PM

My cleric has a healing spell, farley.

Did he start with one or get it after a level?  I wonder why mine didn't.

Yeah, I am confused about magic.  Over lunch I checked and a premade named Akika is a cleric and she know white and black magic (heal and fire) but none of the other premades know any black magic.  So how does one learn magic?  Why at level two does she have both?

2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 03:55:30 PM
I long for the day I get a "broken bow" so I can make a bow. 

The alchemy stuff is annoying.  It is harder than it needs to be.  You have to go into the recipe book, look around then go out and into your inventory to see if you have stuff then go back to the recipe book, etc. etc.  I can't remember in CoH if I have a crude iron, hard stones, etc.  so I constantly going back and forth.    The Witcher had a much easier system and more logical.  You went into the recipe book and what you could make was highlighted!
2797  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [trailer]The Time Travellers Wife on: June 16, 2009, 02:06:36 PM
Rachel McAdams is hot!
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 16, 2009, 01:55:11 PM
So I put in a couple more hours last night - all of them re-rolling my team!  Once I realized how important that is I knew I had to do it.  Here are a few tips

1. you can get anywhere between 1 and 40 bonus points when you first "enroll" a new character.  Re-roll.  It makes it a lot better to have a lot of those extra points.

2. if they are going to be a fighter start out as a warrior.  The XP needed for classes is different and the more "cool" classes require more.  For example a warrior only needs 400 XP to go from level 1 to 2, but a samurai needs 600.  So at the begining when you don't have good equipment and you are weaker you should start out with a class which can level faster.

3. Have both a wizard and a devout.  I was in the classic naming mode and took a cleric in my first party and I kept wondering why he couldn't heal.  Turns out devouts are the ones who get the healing spell (the cleric gets appraise which is great but not needed for a dungeon)  Both the wizard and devout can restore MP for free at the Dorm so you can completely heal your party without it costing anything.  Just have the devout cast heal as often as he/she can, then rest, then cast some more! 

4. Make two parties - even if you only take one into the dungeon.  The second party can be the cleric and alchemist.  In my case I have three clerics so that I can always have someone appraising stuff.  When you come back from the dungeon put all your stuff to be appraised into the lockers in the dorm, then switch to your other party, go back in and appraise all of it, sell what you don't want, then go back to your dungeon party.  It is a bit tedious but you don't have to waste a spot in the dungeon party which is important. 

That are the basic tips I can come up with for the very beginning of the game.  Anyone got more?
2799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop wii asshattery on: June 15, 2009, 09:19:39 PM
A brick and mortar store charging more for stuff!  Say it ain't so Joe!
2800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Class of Heroes - a mix of Etrian Odyssey and Wizardry on: June 15, 2009, 01:17:08 PM
I got it from Gamefly and put a couple hours into it.  I like it but I have to ask - why can't hard be fun? My basic scenario goes like this; go to dungeon, get into 4 fights because that is the number of times my wizard can cast fire, run out of dungeon, appraise what I got, sell anything worth over 100G, rest wizard for free to get back MP, head into dungeon and repeat.  This isn't particularly fun, it is just tedious.  Hard yes, but hard because it is tedious.

They could have come up with a risk reward system which would make it hard because it was challenging.  Here is an idea - have treasure based on the number of steps you have taken in the dungeon.  So if you walk 20 steps you get an ok treasure, if you walk 50 you get a good treasure, but make it 100 and you get something great!  So now I have to decide when I am at 82 steps do I go on? My team is beat, a couple characters dead, several with low HP, and the wizard is out of spells but I am so close!  If I can just make it a few more steps I will get something great!  Step count rests when you leave the dungeon so I know I can go out but I would lose all that work!    Suddenly in that type of game there is real tension because I have to weigh each step.  I get closer to great stuff but I also take risk.

CoH really has no tension.  I go until I can't cast any more then leave, rest and go back.  It is just a slow slog.  I love the setting, I love the art, I like the battle system, and I expect I will learn to enjoy alchemy but there isn't any excitement about going into the dungeons. 
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